Never a truer adage when looking for a job not what but who you know. Your network is key to a successful job search strategy. Growing your network has never been easier. Social media has taken care of that.
No matter how extensive your virtual network, no matter how advanced and extensive your use of technology, nothing beats good old-fashioned face time. Pressing the flesh, shaking hands, eyeballing, getting up close and personal, this is how and when things happen.
Whilst building your network online is certainly of value, building your network in the good old-fashioned way is still the best way to real results.
You can’t email a handshake. It will cost you, time, shoe leather, cups of coffee, a round of sandwiches, dinner, a glass or two, some good questions, lots of listening and conversing, following up, staying in touch, but make the investment. Get out from behind the desk, get away from the screen and get in the room. It might just change your life.